At the chalkface

Allan Quartly

A blog about teaching, with an emphasis on Technology and Student Engagement. [HTML] [XML] Last Updated: 2012-02-16T17:44:42.480-0

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Allan Quartly, At the chalkface, May 13, 2012
The being-with role in learning Being-with is the relationship between entities. The Self is a being-with creature. We are how we be-with the world. Our identities are bound up with the way we be-with the world, how we interact with Others. Our interchanging identities are our Selves changing between relationships. We are not atomised Beings that form and aggregate separate from the world, we reflect our ... 2012-05-12T22:57:00.000-07:00 [Comment]

Integrating the classroom into ICT and the rise of the virtual pedagogue - #change11
Allan Quartly, At the chalkface, Mar 20, 2012
For years now we have been talking about integrating ICT into the classroom. At first this meant using applications like word processing, spreadsheets and databases to do traditional classroom tasks. This was quickly followed by the use of the Internet to do traditional research tasks. Then along came YouTube to replace the VCR. And lately we have social media and the like to replace the traditional classroom discussion. None of this transforms education. It merely automates and digitises ... 2012-03-19T15:46:00.013-07:00 [Comment]

Badges for teachers: scenarios (#change11)
Allan Quartly, At the chalkface, Dec 26, 2011
In my previous post I outlined an idea I have to make badges work. Here are a few scenarios that might better illustrate what it is I am proposing. A programmer has been asked by their employer to learn about machine learning. Employee does the course via Stanford's open learning. There is no need for there to be any certification from Stanford because the employer will be able to see if the necessary learning was done. If it was, then the employer gives the employee a badge and ... 2011-12-26T03:34:00.001-08:00 [Comment]

Badges for teachers (#change11)
Allan Quartly, At the chalkface, Dec 24, 2011
It seems to me that there is something vitally important missing from this whole badges concept - the reputation of the teacher. The reputation of the software or human teacher which awards the badge is paramount in determining the value of the badge as a means of showing skills acquired. And the best assessors of the quality of the teacher is the employer, parent and student. There needs to be a badges system for teachers if a badges system is to work at all. Below is a concept diagram of ... 2011-12-23T18:35:00.000-08:00 [Comment]

Where do the facts belong - In the head or in the clouds? (#change11)
Allan Quartly, At the chalkface, Dec 14, 2011
This debate between content and learning seems, to me, to be a little superfluous. Does anyone really think one can happen without the other? The content of our education systems have come about via the learning of others before us. And even the highest of higher order thinking requires the collection, ordering and synthesis of basic empirical facts. Having said that, the reality is the human brain as a repository of facts is losing its value. The ability to remember and recall facts is not ... 2011-12-14T00:51:00.000-08:00 [Comment]

How do you know when you've learnt something? - #change11
Allan Quartly, At the chalkface, Nov 19, 2011
A question has been rattling around inside my head lately, and given that I am a teacher and a person who has always loved learning, it's a little embarrassing to think I haven't thought about it before: How do you know when you've learnt something? I asked a secondary student this question and he said, "I dunno. When I remember something." Hmmm, can't really argue with that. I remember that Descartes said, "I think, therefore I am." But there's more to it than this,... 2011-11-19T02:42:00.000-08:00 [Comment]

Why schools seem unwilling to adopt new technologies (#change11)
Allan Quartly, At the chalkface, Sept 24, 2011
Oftentimes people point to research conducted in a university context to ask why teachers aren't implementing social media services into their teaching practice. The simple answer is schools are different to universities, our clientele is different. The clientele of a university is it's students - the clientele of a school is society in general and parents in particular. Before we try and convince teachers to grasp change in education, it is always necessary to convince parents that ... 2011-09-20T18:18:00.000-07:00 [Comment]

Connectivism or not? Its not either/or.
Allan Quartly, At the chalkface, Sept 19, 2011
There seems to be a false divide between a fully open, connected teaching style and the more traditional content focussed teaching style. Mrbrenlea expressed this divide with his concern with giving students freedom to build connections: "But, do I believe it should be up to each individual to follow only what interests them: hardly. Reflecting on my own interests as a child, if I had only followed the nodes that allowed me further to develop my knowledge of areas of interest, then I ... 2011-09-15T17:48:00.000-07:00 [Comment]

MOOCing!! (Said in your best Jim Carey voice)
Allan Quartly, At the chalkface, Sept 15, 2011
This week I started the Change: Education, Learning and Technology MOOC. For those unfamiliar with the acronym, a MOOC is a Massive Open Online Course. Feeling excited about it at this stage but already starting to feel a little apprehensive about it all as well because there is already so much to take in - particularly how I'm going to go about creating and using a cohesive set of tools to collate and organise the information(learning). Last night I went off, as I usually do, ... 2011-09-13T16:35:00.001-07:00 [Comment]

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